Learning to scuba dive was something that Warren had wanted to do for quite some time, and finally took the plunge several years ago and instantly fell in love with the sport. Living in Toronto, Ontario, the Great Lakes provided him tremendous opportunities to explore the rich marine heritage that Ontario had to offer. As well, having been a photographer for many years, Warren quickly realized that he was able to combine his long-time passion for photography with his newly-found passion for scuba diving. Ever since, he has been exploring as many wrecks as possible, documenting his visits with photographs which he shares regularly with his fellow divers, and is rarely seen on a dive without a camera in hand.
Warren makes it a point to travel to exotic dive destinations regularly where he expands his body of work to include images from such destinations as the Caribbean, South America, the Pacific Northwest, and more recently, Micronesia. His pictures have been showcased over the years in various publications including Advanced Diver Magazine, Scuba Diving Magazine, as well as many other publications. Additionally, his work has also been featured in various other media including newspaper and television. His work can be seen on his website at warrenlophotography.com
The Wrecks of Truk Lagoon
Truk Lagoon, part of the Federated States of Micronesia is located near the equator, just directly north of the eastern shores of Australia. Chuuk, as the islands were originally called, is a fairly poor state. During WW II, the islands were a supply base for the Japanese.
The Americans mounted a surprise attack on Chuuk and virtually demolished the entire Japanese fleet. Many of the ships were merchant ships, designated “Maru”, and were sunk completely loaded with cargo. It is because of these wrecks that Truk Lagoon is world renowned for its history and diving.
There was also significant loss of life during the attacks, and as a result, the Japanese have designated Truk as a national grave site. It is Warren’s distinct pleasure to present to you some of his images from his trip to Truk Lagoon in November 2007, where he was able to explore the numerous wrecks of Truk Lagoon.